Everything But The Brian III: All This Is That

August 4th, 2018

All This Is That  is widely regarded as one of the strongest Beach Boys tracks in which Brian or Dennis had absolutely no environment. Clearly influenced by transcendental meditation, and with contributions from Carl, Al and Mike, it is Carl’s production that takes this song to a different league. Harmony, melody and production are all hallmarks of a track which show that brothers, family and friends can take Brian’s vision and make it their own.

Together And Apart

August 1st, 2018

The Beach Boys Town Hall show will only be aired on August 10, but you can read about some highlights here– it looks like the band were respectful to each other and focused on the good, rather than the bad vibrations from their past. No hint of any other reunion activity however….

…speaking of which, Brian has completed a short North American stint of his (resumed) tour, and will spend the rest of August in the Middle East and Europe, playing a mixture of Pet Sounds and Greatest Hits shows.

23 Songs For Today

July 27th, 2018
  1. Passing By -The Beach Boys
  2.  Diamond Head -The Beach Boys
  3. I Went To Sleep The Beach Boys
  4. Friends -The Beach Boys
  5. Anything At All -Crosby, Stills & Nash
  6. Lady Stardust -David Bowie
  7. Ziggy Stardust -David Bowie
  8. Might As Well Be Dumbo -The High Llamas
  9. There Is Always Something There To Remind Me -The Housemartins
  10. When It Was Done -Hugo Montenegro
  11. Tired Of Waiting For You -The Kinks
  12. Dosed -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  13. Can’t Stop -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  14. Million Miles of Water -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  15. Hard To Concentrate -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  16. Ride Away -Roy Orbison
  17. Hips Dont Lie-  Shakira (ft Wyclef Jean)
  18. (It Ain’t Necessarily) Byrd Avenue -Spanky & Our Gang
  19. California Suite -The Beach Boys & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  20. Power Lines -The Magic Numbers
  21. The Hustle -Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
  22. Leave Me Be -The Zombies
  23. Nothing’s Changed -The Zombies

Let’s Get Back Together Again..And Again

July 25th, 2018

The surviving “real” Beach Boys will get together again…not on tour or properly on a record, but at a “Town Hall” session hosted by SiriusXM. The session will be aired in just over two weeks time, on August 10. It looks like some of the focus will be on the Philharmonic record which seems to have been something of a success.

Brian is also back on tour, and the first reviews are in from his shows after the hiatus. Fairly positive, although noteworthy that Brian used a wheelchair the whole time.

Everything But The Brian II: Be Still

July 21st, 2018

Be Still is unique in being the only lyric with two different musical interpretations by two different Wilson brothers. It’s actually a Stephen Kalinich poem, with the full poem being released on A World Of Peace Must Come with light musical touches by Brian. However, the real musical version comes courtesy of Dennis Wilson and the Friends album, where Kalinich’s words are put to a lovely , peaceful musical accompaniment and vocal by Dennis.

Soccer’s Gone…But Brian’s Back

July 16th, 2018

So the World Cup is over…and the side I backed, Croatia, fell at the last hurdle but still had their best tournament ever. The soccer tournament may be best remembered as a rare glimpse of global unity in a dis-unified age. However, another type of harmony is back..Brian and his band resumed their tour in Canada yesterday.

Everything But The Brian I: Little Bird

July 11th, 2018

We’ve still got a lot of Brian’s Hidden Beauties to go, but as we get to celebrating 50 years of Beach Boys albums where other band members made significant songwriting contributions, it is appropriate to start a new series. Everything But The Brian will include songs that are associated with Brian and the Beach Boys, but not written by Brian.

Of course there will be a lot of Dennis, and it is appropriate to start with another song from the golden anniversary of Friends. In fact, this could have been in Brian’s Hidden Beauties, as Brian is generally acknowledged as an uncredited composer. But this song was also historic as the first substantial Dennis song on a Beach Boys album, as well as the first evidence of Stephen Kalinich’s collaborations with the group. It’s a peaceful, contemplative song that fits in with the peaceful nature of Friends,  as well as the Beach Boys era celebrating beauty in nature and simple joys.

Brief Dispatches

July 7th, 2018

This blog wishes Elvis Costello well after his recent cancer diagnosis and surgery. The singer recently cancelled the rest of his tour dates to recuperate from surgery. Here’s to a 100% recovery and lot of good vibrations going Elvis’s way.

Coming back to tour after surgery  in just over a week is Brian Wilson. His next date is on the 15th July, in British Colombia.

 

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXIV: When A Man Needs A Woman

July 4th, 2018

We complete our trio of hidden beauties marking the golden anniversary of the Friends album with When A Man Needs A Woman. The fifth track of the album is Brian’s ode to the facts of life just at the point he became a father for the first time (Carnie Wilson was born in April 1968.) Like just about the entire Friends album , the song reflects the “transcendental” era of the joys of daily life, with suitable light musical background and harmonies.

23 Songs For Today

June 30th, 2018
  1. The Morning After -Ashley Monroe
  2. I’ll Still Love You (When Every Song Is Sung) – Cilla Black
  3. I Don’t Want To – Deana Carter
  4. I Could Never Say Goodbye – Enya
  5. Native Land -Everything But The Girl
  6. Accidently Kelly Street -Frente!
  7. Tomorrow On The Runway -The Innocence Mission
  8. Happy & Sad -Kacey Musgraves
  9. Rainbow -Kacey Musgraves
  10. Nothing At All -Kasey Chambers
  11. Call Off The Search -Katie Melua
  12. Blue -Lucinda Williams
  13. Shiver -Natalie Imbruglia
  14. Sleep All Summer -Neko Case
  15. If I Turn Away -October Project
  16. Native New Yorker -Odyssey
  17. Manhattan -Saint Etienne
  18. You’re In A Bad Way -Saint Etienne
  19. My Heart Can’t Tell You No -Sara Evans
  20. It Don’t Matter Now (Missing You) -Sarah Darling
  21. Leader Of The Pack -The Shangri-Las
  22. If You Could Only Be Me – Spanky & Our Gang
  23. Earthbound/Epilogue -The 5th Dimension